The university tutor of murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates has paid tribute to her, saying “she was destined for great things”, as her family prepares to attend her funeral.
About 100 family members and friends are expected to attend the service for the 25-year-old at St Mark’s Church in Ampfield, Hampshire – the village where she grew up and where her parents, David and Theresa, still live – which will be led by the Vicar of Ampfield, Reverend Peter Gilks.
She worked as a landscape architect at the Bristol office of design firm BDP, alongside her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27.
David Booth, postgraduate programme director, landscape and environment, University of Gloucestershire, said: “The university community has been deeply saddened by the tragedy of Joanna’s death and our heartfelt condolences are with her family and friends.
“As a student on the postgraduate course in landscape architecture Jo only studied with us for a year, but in that time she made a strong and lasting impression on staff and students alike with the quality and depth of thinking in her work, setting standards in her research, her written work and in her graphic presentations that her fellow students admired and aspired to.
“Jo had worked in practice in between studies and continued to work at BDP in Bristol whilst studying here full time. Her design flair and professional experience showed immediately, especially in her large-scale landscape planning work which was already at such a high professional standard that any practice would be proud to put their name to it.
“Jo was one of those students who you can tell would be destined for great things and it almost goes without saying that she graduated at the end of her studies in July 2010 with a distinction from her postgraduate diploma.
“Her death is a huge loss to all, she was very well liked and admired by her peers, she was a very gifted student and a high achiever in all she did. Many of our students have contacted us to say how much of an inspiration she was and that their thoughts are with her family.
“The university is honoured to be able to remember Jo through the giving of an annual landscape design prize in her name sponsored by BDP and hosted by the university as a lasting tribute.”
As well as the tribute, a new photograph of Miss Yeates was released of her taken in June 2010, showing her looking at a piece of work she produced for her postgraduate diploma show.